A collaboration of members from White domestic terrorist groups tried to kidnap Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer because of the strict lockdowns that she put in place in that State during its constant battle against the Coronavirus. Federal authorities charged five guys from Michigan, Brandon Caserta, Adam Fox, Kaleb Franks, Ty Harbin, and Daniel Harris. The sixth man who was charged, Barry Croft, is from Delaware.
“Attorney General Dana Nessel was joined by officials from the Department of Justice and the F.B.I. to announce state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill me,” Governor Whitmer said in a public statement.
What Were Governor Whitmer’s Kidnappers’ Plans?
These hateful extremists were actually going to cause a huge and very destructive diversion, so that they could proceed to carry out the kidnapping. According to The New York Times, they “spied on Ms. Whitmer’s vacation home in August and September” and even started “looking under a highway bridge for places they could place and detonate a bomb to distract authorities.”
The F.B.I. had been watching the group all during the summer of 2020, and eventually narrowed down their plans to them wanting to make an attempt at abducting Whitmer at her home. The bureau indicated that the group was going to have one of the guys knock on her front door, and simply grab and kidnap her when she did.
Their plan was to take her to an undisclosed location and have a “trial” with her while they had her in bondage. The criminal group was going to “try” the Democratic Michigan Governor for the crime of treason, which is basically when someone is accused of criminal disloyalty to their State or government.
The actions they took over the course of several months signified what they were planning to overthrow the Michigan state government. In fact, recent reports, such as one from CBS This Morning, indicate that they held meetings at a location where that was apparently a “trap door hidden under a rug”, that they had held “firearms and tactical training”, and that in one of their plots they were planning to have a couple of hundred men to rush the Capitol building in order to take hostages, including Governor Whitmer if she was there.
Governor Whitmer’s Response To Her Attempted Kidnapping
Governor Whitmer blames the actions of the hate group that tried to kidnap her not only on them, but also on the effect of the language used by the current Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump, during the presidential debate between he and Joe Biden when he was asked to denounce White supremacist organizations like the ones that try to abduct her.
“The President of the United States stood in front of the American people,” she said publicly, “and refused to condemn White supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups. ‘Stand back and stand by’ he told them. Stand back and stand by. Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry. As a call to action. When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight. When our leaders meet with, and encourage, and fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions. And they are complicit.”